[Federal Register: November 19, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 222)]
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

48 CFR Parts 203 and 252

RIN 0750-AG09

 
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Whistleblower 
Protections for Contractor Employees (DFARS Case 2008-D012)

AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: DoD has adopted as final, without change, an interim rule 
amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 
to implement section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2008 and section 842 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2009. These laws address protections for contractor 
employees who disclose information to Government officials with regard 
to waste or mismanagement, danger to public health or safety, or 
violation of law related to a DoD contract.

DATES: Effective Date: November 19, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Amy Williams, Defense Acquisition 
Regulations System, OUSD (AT&L) DPAP (DARS), IMD 3D139, 3062 Defense 
Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3062. Telephone 703-602-0328; facsimile 
703-602-7887. Please cite DFARS Case 2008-D012.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

A. Background

    DoD published an interim rule at 74 FR 2410 on January 15, 2009, to 
implement section 846 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2008 (Pub. L. 110-181) and Section 842 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (Pub. L. 110-417). These 
laws address whistleblower rights and protections for DoD contractor 
employees.
    DoD received no comments on the interim rule. Therefore, DoD has 
adopted the interim rule as a final rule without change.
    This rule was subject to Office of Management and Budget review 
under Executive Order 12866, dated September 30, 1993.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

    DoD certifies that this final rule will not have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities within the 
meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601, et seq. 
Although the rule contains a requirement for contractors to inform 
employees in writing of their whistleblower rights and protections, 
compliance with this requirement is not expected to have a significant 
cost or administrative impact on contractors.

C. Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply, because the rule does 
not impose any information collection requirements that require the 
approval of the Office of Management and Budget under 44 U.S.C. 3501, 
et seq.

List of Subjects in 48 CFR Parts 203 and 252

    Government procurement.

Amy G. Williams,
Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.

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Accordingly, the interim rule amending 48 CFR parts 203 and 252, which 
was published at 74 FR 2410 on January 15, 2009, is adopted as a final 
rule without change.

[FR Doc. E9-27847 Filed 11-18-09; 8:45 am]

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